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      04-06-2012 07:35 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfTango View Post
      I'd stick with anything that provides lifetime free map updates.
      And lifetime traffic, if you're in a major metro area. Oh, and no TomToms. So OP's Garmin is almost a good choice. Look for the LMT models.

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      04-06-2012 07:38 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkness View Post
      I just bought a TOMTOM 1435 and It's not been able to find a satellite for the past week and a half even though I've done all the updates that are available
      There was a leap year bug that is supposedly fixed now, like in the last day or two.

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      04-06-2012 08:28 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by nickthaskater View Post
      iPhone + Waze

      http://www.waze.com/

      Also available for ovi, Blackberry and Android

      i'll chime in. being in NYC there is always more than one route. i tried waze, i tried navigon and the one i've settled on is TomTom for iPhone4. waze is just simply retarded. the concept is fantastic, and i used to love it, but when it sent me in figure 8's to get to my destination on more than one occasion. that was it. navigon is perfect and i used it for awhile and then finally downloaded TomTom.

      fast, smart routing (goes the way I would normally go) and if you want a traffic subscription, you can purchase one (which i personally think is a crock)

      order of preference
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      2. navigon
      3. google maps
      4. waze.
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      04-07-2012 02:07 AM #54
      What would you guys recommend for someone with not-so-good eye sight? I am trying to find a unit for my wife; I think a screen around 5" could perhaps do it. It needs to have:


      • really easy usage

      • large fonts/ good readability

      • voice command?

      • perhaps bluetooth

      • good, vibration-less mount with easy detach

      Thanks for any suggestions.

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      04-07-2012 02:14 AM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by GermaniuM View Post
      Been using Waze on my iPhone for month or so and it's great so far.
      I've noticed a lot more "wazers" in my area over the last couple of months; it used to be basically just me and one or two others, but now there's at least one nearby anywhere I go it seems.

      Quote Originally Posted by dieselraver View Post
      i'll chime in. being in NYC there is always more than one route. i tried waze, i tried navigon and the one i've settled on is TomTom for iPhone4. waze is just simply retarded. the concept is fantastic, and i used to love it, but when it sent me in figure 8's to get to my destination on more than one occasion. that was it. navigon is perfect and i used it for awhile and then finally downloaded TomTom.
      Well it is community-powered, so when people encounter issues like that you're supposed to aid in correcting it. If you download it and expect it to be perfect out of the box, then yea, it's probably not for you.

      FWIW, I've never had an issue with the navigation Waze has given me, and it's gotten notably better over the past months through their updates.

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      04-07-2012 03:05 AM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by AZGolf View Post
      My wife and I both have old style feature phones with data disabled. So for someone who's married with one phone per person, what I've found is that even though we can share minutes on a single plan with feature phones, you can NOT share a data plan. Verizon's cheapest smartphone plan is $30 per phone, so that's $60/month, or $1440 per 2-year contract plus at least another $400 for a pair of phones. Total comes up to $1840 of additional cost (versus feature phones) per two year contract by my math.
      Yep. The "just get a smartphone" lines kill me. Fine, I'll get a smartphone if you guys pay my phone bill every month. The data plan at Verizon is a minimum of an extra $360 a year (not including taxes and fees). That's $360+ I can put towards my cars, my house, emergency health issues, etc.

      My $150 Garmin nuvi does its navigational job quite well sitting on my dash, and has a screen I can read from a distance.
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      04-07-2012 03:10 AM #57
      Obviously the phone option doesn't make sense if ALL you're using it for is GPS, but I use mine for Internet radio, video, photos, a ton of web browsing, tethering to my laptop, and so on and so forth on TOP of it being used as a GPS, so my $30/mo data plan (6GB) makes total sense for me .

      YMMV

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      04-07-2012 09:28 AM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by nickthaskater View Post
      I've noticed a lot more "wazers" in my area over the last couple of months; it used to be basically just me and one or two others, but now there's at least one nearby anywhere I go it seems.


      Well it is community-powered, so when people encounter issues like that you're supposed to aid in correcting it. If you download it and expect it to be perfect out of the box, then yea, it's probably not for you.

      FWIW, I've never had an issue with the navigation Waze has given me, and it's gotten notably better over the past months through their updates.

      i absolutely agree. however when I use a navigation unit.. its usually because I have no idea where I am going.

      using a navigation unit and expecting me to correct the routing function is like asking a blind man to drive and read a map in the process.
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      04-07-2012 05:06 PM #59
      Before you get a phone, make sure there is coverage where you travel. It would be useless where I live, as the only 3g is in one city, and much of the rest of the province has no service at all off the main roads.
      I have a 5" Tomtom, and the only change I would make is the 5" screen is too big for me. Takes up a lot of realestate on the dash, and because it is so big it doesn't fin in beanbag mounts without an aftermarket suction cup.

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      04-07-2012 05:13 PM #60
      Waze is great if you have a set of regular routes (home - work - home), it will show you which parts are clear, which are congested and it will also select the fastest route for you.

      But it fails hard in unfamiliar territories. I would not want to use it on a road trip.

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      04-07-2012 05:26 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by gtiguy18t View Post
      I love my old ass nuvi 350 best unit I have used to date and it's about 5/6 years old
      Yeap... I have the same (370 for Europe too) that I used today; it impressed me again. I have an iphone but I prefer a dedicated device.
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    12. 04-07-2012 06:17 PM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by CanIGetAWhatWhat View Post
      I'm looking at the nuvi 50LM, which in my (very brief) research seems to be pretty good, and affordable too. Base 5" model is ~$115 and for $30 more you get a lifetime of free map updates. 4.3" version is $20 cheaper.

      Anyone have experience with this unit or have another one that they'd recommend? I don't care about traffic data capability, especially since from what I've read this data is usually pretty inaccurate, across most if not all units.
      Get the Astrometrics.

    13. 04-07-2012 07:59 PM #63
      I'm old enough that I can see the road and the dash just fine, but I can't see small objects close to me without a pair of drugstore reading glasses.

      That rules out smarphone-based nav for me, unless I change my mind about the desirability of killing pedestrians and kissing utility poles.

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      04-07-2012 09:02 PM #64


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      04-07-2012 09:30 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by bigev007 View Post
      Before you get a phone, make sure there is coverage where you travel. It would be useless where I live, as the only 3g is in one city, and much of the rest of the province has no service at all off the main roads.
      I have a 5" Tomtom, and the only change I would make is the 5" screen is too big for me. Takes up a lot of realestate on the dash, and because it is so big it doesn't fin in beanbag mounts without an aftermarket suction cup.
      Google Maps on Android can pre-cache areas now.

      Just go to Settings > Labs and check the box for "Pre-cache map area"

      Then, when you're at home or out and about with relatively fast service, do a long press on a place on the map, tap the info pop-up for that section and then tell it to pre-cache it. It will download all the maps for that area and be able to route you around on them with the navigation.

      I do it for my whole route if I'm headed out to the boonies.
      Improving the signal-to-noise ratio

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      04-07-2012 09:56 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by dieselraver View Post
      i absolutely agree. however when I use a navigation unit.. its usually because I have no idea where I am going.

      using a navigation unit and expecting me to correct the routing function is like asking a blind man to drive and read a map in the process.
      Well ideally the people who live in the area and are familiar with it are the ones doing the mapping and corrections, not the out-of-towners. I've done my fair share of route mapping and corrections around Vancouver with Waze even though I knew where I was going; it's about improving it for everyone.

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      04-07-2012 11:01 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      Google Maps on Android can pre-cache areas now.

      Just go to Settings > Labs and check the box for "Pre-cache map area"

      Then, when you're at home or out and about with relatively fast service, do a long press on a place on the map, tap the info pop-up for that section and then tell it to pre-cache it. It will download all the maps for that area and be able to route you around on them with the navigation.

      I do it for my whole route if I'm headed out to the boonies.
      yup this is true, it is very handy in the boonies.
      Just wanted to add to what everyone else said, Google Nav is pretty good. Only thing, if you have a non Motorola based phone finding a good car cradle can be tough.

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      04-07-2012 11:09 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by b0mb3r View Post
      Only thing, if you have a non Motorola based phone finding a good car cradle can be tough.
      The Breffo Spiderpodium has been a godsend for me


      iPhone 4 in Spiderpodium by nickthaskater, on Flickr


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      04-07-2012 11:15 PM #69
      Got a TomTom for work with lifetime maps and lifetime traffic for less than $100. Works very well and very accurate with drive time.

    20. 04-07-2012 11:52 PM #70
      Google Nav on the android platform is the best portable GPS system I have ever used. The Motorola Droid Bionics are only $100 at Verizon right now with a two year contract. I think the Atrix 2 is $29.99 at Best Buy. Can't go wrong with a 4.3 inch screen Android.

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      04-07-2012 11:57 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by Dal97GLX View Post
      Our Magellan is great, lifetime updates and live traffic.
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    22. 08-19-2012 09:30 PM #72
      iPhone4 + Tom Tom is very nice. Also nice have for walking around like in NY city. Worked great.

      Quote Originally Posted by dieselraver View Post
      i'll chime in. being in NYC there is always more than one route. i tried waze, i tried navigon and the one i've settled on is TomTom for iPhone4. waze is just simply retarded. the concept is fantastic, and i used to love it, but when it sent me in figure 8's to get to my destination on more than one occasion. that was it. navigon is perfect and i used it for awhile and then finally downloaded TomTom.

      fast, smart routing (goes the way I would normally go) and if you want a traffic subscription, you can purchase one (which i personally think is a crock)

      order of preference
      1. Tomtom
      2. navigon
      3. google maps
      4. waze.

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      08-19-2012 09:33 PM #73
      Nothing beats Google Maps for Android, but for portable units, I prefer Garmin over all of them

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      08-20-2012 09:53 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by AJB View Post
      Use my phone. Always up to date.
      And go out of your service area, which happens while travelling, and you're left on your own as phones use data from towers and not satelites.

      I just bought a refurbed 1350 nuvi w/ lifetime traffic and map updates from pcnation for $138.00. Works perfectly.
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    25. 08-20-2012 09:55 AM #75
      https://play.google.com/store/device...HVzXzdfOGdiIl0.
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      http://www.amazon.com/gp/prime/handl...t-bbf_1_glance

      /end thread

      there is no better solution than this as it has built-in GPS, doesn't require data, you can setup offline maps for an 80MB area, relative cheap @ $200, is extremely fast and responsive, and the 7" screen cannot be beat.

      the only downside is for POI on the fly, you'll need data.
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